New Delhi: The Government on Tuesday rejoiced in the Supreme Court ruling on the plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking directions to Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the agency in its probe in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scam. (Also read: Rahul Supports Mamata, WB Cong to Hold Anti-TMC Rally)

Welcoming the apex court order, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Lakhs of small investors were looted and cheated in Saradha scam. Why is Mamata ji silent on this? Why other political parties are silent? Today is a great moral victory of the CBI.”

Refusing to allow it to become a political debate, Prasad said, “This order was given by the Supreme Court to investigate the conspiracy angle and also money laundering angle. This investigation must be done in a fair manner. Let’s not politicise it. This is a great moral victory for the CBI.”

In its ruling, the Supreme Court asked Kumar to appear before CBI and cooperate fully with the investigation in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams. The apex court also made it clear that no coercive steps including arrest can be taken against him (Kumar) for now.

Welcoming the top court’s decision, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said this verdict will strengthen the moral of officers. “It’s a moral victory. We have great respect for judiciary and all institutions. We are so grateful. We’re so obliged.”

“Every federal state is an elected government, Centre and state have their jurisdictions. We will never interfere if centre machinery comes to arrest state machinery (officials). It is a constitutional breakdown,” she added.